The M Machine @ U Street Music Hall

Photo credit: OWSLA
Photo credit: OWSLA

The M Machine was over at U Hall pumping out some serious beats on a cold January night. For the crowd of  college students who went to see the OWSLA trio, Thursday was clearly the new Friday night. At the concert, everything was perfect and nothing hurt, except maybe your feet the morning afterwards if you were stomping too hard. The San Francisco OWSLA trio came to Washington, D.C. to kick off their 2014 Metropolis tour, an event that exploded with energy within the walls of U Street Music Hall. Continue reading “The M Machine @ U Street Music Hall”

EDM Anthropological Adventures with Si, Jordan, and Flux Pavilion at Echostage

Flux Pavilion performing "The Scientist"
Flux Pavilion performing “The Scientist”

Jordan: So what about that concert, huh? That was quite a, how to put this, social and cultural experience. I have never been in an environment where I’ve felt so out of place wearing jeans and a t-shirt to a concert.

Si: I have never seen so many gluteus maximii (AKA butt cheeks) in one place in my life. I can’t imagine going somewhere in a bra, underwear, and fuzzy boots. I’m 110% not about that PLUR life.

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Avicii: True

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After the release of the insanely popular single “Levels,” Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, left fans greatly anticipating his first studio length album. Strangely, after debuting previews of his tracks at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, fans began questioning his taste and follow-up singles. The album, True, out September 13th, in its entirety is completely different than any other electronic dance record currently out. It uniquely combines a variety of genres not yet explored by Bergling and other remix artists of this electronic generation.
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Mad Decent Block Party 2013 – A Comprehensive Review

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but what can nearly one thousand pictures say in one festival review? Hopefully, a lot.

We set out to cover this year’s Mad Decent Block Party, a festival by Diplo’s record label that recently expanded its touring cities and countries to include D.C. and Canadian stops, among others. Your photojournalists, Lotanna and Helen, recap #MDBP2013 for you, in all its audio-visual and literary glory, here and in pictures on our Facebook. Expectations and excitement ran high during our drive up to Merriweather Post Pavilion. For Helen, this show would be her third MDBP having previously attended ‘12 and ‘11 in NYC, and she was curious to see how the Mad Decent crew could top their previous tours. For Lotanna, she was just excited to be involved with anything that had Diplo’s name on it while getting to see some of her favorite performers “turn up,” as the cool kids say these days. Read on after the jump to find out more about our day of 808s, hypemen & twerk teams.

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Album Review: Major Lazer – Free The Universe

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It’s official. The Universe has been freed. 

Major Lazer released their much anticipated follow-up to 2009’s Gun Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do after a line-up change that saw the departure of founding member Switch and the introduction of DJ Jillionaire and a hype team including an MC and two dancers.  The 14 track LP boasts an extensive amount of features, from Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, to rapper Tyga and dancehall reggae artist Busy Signal.

The album as a whole stays true to the Major Lazer genre, dancehall and reggae inspired beats with infectious hooks and an overall ability to make you move that is frankly confusing. (I didn’t notice I was dancing in my chair until about three tracks in.)  The album switches between mellow, social anthems like “Get Free” to very busy tracks like “Jah No Partial” with skillful precision, an art Major Lazer has perfected in their live sets, often changing from top 40 tracks to ballads and managing not to interrupt the flow of the crowd.

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